Hermann Schweder, painter - Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley

Quote of the day – Hugh Latimer


Psalm 119:104


104 Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.


Hermann Schweder, painter - Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley

The Bishop of London, Nicholas Ridley, and Hugh Latimer were executed on the 16th of October 1555, during the blessedly brief reign of Queen Mary. During her five years as sovereign, 280 religious dissenters were burned at the stake in the “Marian persecutions” (Wiki).

This quote of Latimer’s appears in a contemporary polemic against the Christian celebration of Christmas as a ‘holy day’. (It’s never out of season to consider this issue.) Following the quote, you’ll find the opening paragraph of the article.

“When candles go up, preaching comes down.”

“In the Highlands of Scotland in the mid-twentieth century Christmas day was regarded as an ordinary working day. There was little recognition of it in the community and almost none in the Presbyterian Churches. This was the result of the Reformed heritage handed down from the 16th century Reformation, and especially from the Puritan element within it, that prevailed in England and Scotland. Some observed the day as a family occasion; others celebrated New Year’s Day, as they did with Harvest Thanksgiving, to acknowledge God’s goodness in the past and seeking his blessing on the future…”

Rev John J Murray

Candles Up, Preaching Down

Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

HT: Sherry, for bringing this article to us in a comment on her post The Curse of Using Carnal Methods for God’s Work

HT: Meg, for presenting an image of Hermann Schweder’s painting in her post TO RIGHT THE WRONGS OF MANY

Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley martyred by being burnt at the stake. John Foxe's book of martyrs. 1563 edition.



She Is Unchanged And Unchangeable

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

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San Pietro e Ponte SAngelo (notte)

Christopher Wordsworth, D.D.:

“Let none imagine that Rome is changed: that, although she was once proud and cruel, she is now humble and gentle; and that we have nothing to fear from her. This is not the doctrine of St. John. It is not the language of the Holy Ghost. The Apocalypse teaches us that she is unchanged and unchangeable. It warns us, that if she regains her sway, she will persecute with the same fury as before. She will break forth with all the violence of suppressed rage. She will again be drunken with the blood of the Saints (Rev. xvii. 6). Let us be sure of this; and let us take heed accordingly. We have need to do so; more need, perhaps, than some of us suppose. The warning is from God: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear (Mt. Xi. 15., Rev.ii. 7, 2;17,29).”


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Quote of the day – Christopher Wordsworth


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Christopher Wordsworth, Bishop of Lincoln, 1807-1885

“…Unity in error is not Christian Unity; but, by imposing the necessity of erring as a term of Union, Rome became guilty of a breach of Unity; and so the sin of Schism lies at her door…

“…The Book of Revelation, thus viewed, as it ought to be, is a divine Warning of the peril and unhappiness of all who are enthralled by Rome. And its prophetic and comminatory [threatening] uses ought to be pointed out by all Christian Ministers, and to be acknowledged by all Christian congregations. And they, whether Clergy or Laity, forfeit a great blessing and incur great danger, who neglect these divinely appointed uses of the Apocalypse, particularly in the present age, when the Church of Rome is busy, with more than her usual activity, in spreading her snares around us, to make us victims of her deceits, prisoners of her power, slaves of her will, and partners of her doom.

“But in discharging this duty, the Minister of the Gospel must crave not to be misunderstood.

“Having a deep sense of the danger of those who dwell in Babylon, he will never venture to affirm that none who have dwelt there could be saved. The Apocalypse itself forbids him. On the very eve of its destruction the voice from heaven says, Come out of her, My People, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues (Rev. xviii. 4). And so, we doubt not, God ever has had, and still has, some people in Babylon.

“Many, doubtless, there were in former times in our own land, who had not the blessed privilege which we enjoy of hearing the voice, Come out of her. They had not the warnings of the Gospel: to them it was almost a sealed book. And this, too, is still the case with many in foreign lands. And, since responsibilities vary with privileges, and God judgeth men according to what they have, and not according to what they have not (Luke xii. 48. 2 Cor. Viii. 12), therefore Christian Love, which hopeth all things (1 Cor. Xiii. 7), will think charitably, and if it speak at all, will not speak harshly of them.

“All this we readily allow. But then we must not shrink from asking, What will be the lot of those who hear the voice, Come out of her (Rev. xviii.4), and yet do not obey it? And, still more, what will be the portion of those, –the recent converts, as they are called, and others who follow them, who, –when the voice from heaven says Come out of her,–go in to Babylon, and dwell there?

“Again: the Minister of the Gospel, to whose case we have referred, is obliged, for fear of misrepresentation, to say, that he readily acknowledges, and openly professes, that Christianity does not consist in hatred of Rome.

“We are not of those, who, in the words of an eminent Writer, ‘consider the Christian Religion not otherwise than as it abhors and reviles Popery, and who value those men most, who do it most furiously.’ No; the Gospel is a divine Message of Peace on earth, and good will towards men (Luke ii.14). The banner over us is Love (Cant. Ii.4). No one is safe, because his brother is in danger: no man is better, because his neighbour is worse. Our warfare is not with men, but with sins. We love the erring, but not their errors; and we oppose their errors, because we love the erring, and because we desire their salvation, which is perilled by their errors, and because we love the truth, which is able to save their souls.

“We know that Error is manifold, but Truth is one: and that, therefore, it is not enough to oppose Error: for one error may be opposed by another error; and the only right opposition to Error is Truth. We know, also, that by God’s mercy there are truths in the Church of Rome as well as errors; and that some who oppose Rome, may be opposing her truths, and not her errors. But our warfare is against the errors of Rome, and for the maintenance of the truth of Christ. We reject Popery because we profess Christianity. We flee Babylon, because we love Sion. And the aim of our warfare is not to destroy our adversaries, but to save their souls and ours. Therefore in what we have said on this subject, we have endeavoured to follow the precept of the Apostle, Speak the truth in love (Eph. Iv.15); and if, through human infirmity, any thing has been spoken otherwise, we pray God that it may perish speedily, as though it had never been.”


Christopher Wordsworth

WordPress Source: The Antipas Chronicles

Original Source: Wordsworth – Union With Rome – Chapter 3

Usually I don’t comment on quotes, but this is one I respect so much because it fights against Rome’s insistence that Bible-believing Christians and confessional Protestants are schismatics who destroyed the unity of Christ’s body, when it is Rome who broke away departing from the faith once delivered to the saints. Not only this but, Wordsworth holds out hope for those trapped in deception, and demonstrates the love that is the love of Jesus Christ.  


Resources on Biblical prophecy – The Antipas Chronicles


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The Interpretation Was Prior To The Reformation

Christopher Wordsworth, D.D. on the pre-Protestant identification of the woman on the beast as papal Rome rather than pagan Rome…”




St. John Evangelist Anglican Church Altar


Charles Spurgeon:

“THE RITUAL COMMISSION has issued its report, and with it a vast appendix. From amid dustheaps almost as huge as those which Dickens has immortalized, we have, by dint of fiddling and using the sieve, extracted a few pieces of gold and silver, which we hope will pass for good metal and be as useful now as they were in the days long past…”


Nuremberg chronicles - f 24v OUR WARFARE IS AGAINST THE ERRORS

Christopher Wordsworth:

“We flee Babylon, because we love Sion. And the aim of our warfare is not to destroy our adversaries, but to save their souls and ours…”



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Comparing present and past – Church and State


INTERIOR VIEWS OF St. Mary's CHURCH on Ascension Island, JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD, Wikimedia Commons


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Spiritual Abuse Sanctuary

Scarlett’s sound text, but uses a Worldwide Church of God video.



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HT: Meg, for the image